This World Thinking Day, WAGGGS have invited Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to explore and celebrate the connections making their lives better.
The Girl Guide and Girl Scout experience is a lifelong adventure of connecting with the world and the people we meet. This World Thinking Day (WTD), officially celebrated on 22nd February, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) have invited our ten million members, across 146 countries, to explore and celebrate the meaningful connections that make their lives better, whether to the people closest, to a place they care about, or to a Girl Guide or Girl Scout friend on the other side of the world.
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world are currently taking part in World Thinking Day activities ranging from quiz nights, leading outdoor exploration while blindfolded, playing the classic ‘rock, paper, scissors’ in order to positively reinforce team spirit, connecting with the GLOW platform and World Centres, learning more about Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries and celebrating the meaningful connections found in the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting life.
“We absolutely think that these connections, within your local group, across your country, and indeed across the world, are ever more important in today’s world of tensions and crises” Anita Tiessen, Chief Executive, WAGGGS
In France, Senior Troop 41 are leading over 100 Paris-area Girl Scouts in fun and games based on the World Thinking Day "Connect" theme at their annual Camp-In event. In addition to an afternoon campfire and an evening Dance Party, the girls are trying their hand at origami (Connect With Me) participating in a paper plane contest (Connect With Friends), learning about Girl Scout Regions (Connect With WAGGGS) and experimenting with aspects of beauty and diversity (Connect With the World).
While in Syria 2,100 Girl Guides, within the safe cities of Aleppo, Latakia and Rif Dimash are taking part. Aged 12 – 17 these members, wearing the iconic blue uniform, are participating in relevant and fun activities designed to empower them to take the lead, learn and work together as a team to plan and deliver, something that is at the heart of the Girl Guiding Movement. One activity they are completing is discussing what a superhero would need if their mission was to make people happy, sharing their own superpowers that help make other people happy and making superhero costumes, using recycled materials, to demonstrate their own happiness superpowers.
“World Thinking Day is inspiring Girl Guides from Syria to continue to connect, planting life and hope despite the potential for extreme and unsafe circumstances.” Chaymaa Hassan, Regional Director, Arab Region
Girl Guides of Canada were also celebrating with the theme “Connect with Guiding”. They have developed a ‘Friendship Flyer’ to help girls, both in their units and individually, explore how connections unite, and inspire how we learn, share, grow and communicate with each other. Girl Guides of Canada are also playing a balloon tossing game, where girls stand in a circle and using balloons to represent the colours of each of the five WAGGGS regions, toss the balloons with the objective of working together and not letting them touch the ground.
All over the world Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are having fun and Connecting using the #Connect10million and #WTD2016 hashtags and actively sharing their activities via the global WAGGGS Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please take a look at all of the exciting initiatives. We invite you to join the fun, when we all connect we all benefit.